The President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama has welcomed the oil deal reached between Sudan and South Sudan.
Thabo Mbeki, the lead mediator of the Africa Union High Implementation Panel made the announcement of the deal over the weekend and South Sudan's lead negotiator confirmed it to the press on Saturday.
In a statement issued on Sunday, President Obama said the agreement between the two countries opens the door to a future of greater prosperity for the people of both countries.
Obama said leaders of Sudan and South Sudan deserve congratulations for reaching agreement and finding compromise on such an important issue.
He hailed the international community for encouraging and supporting the parties in finding a resolution.
Relatedly, Obama said he is encouraged by announcement of a possible agreement on humanitarian access to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.
Obama called for immediate implementation of this agreement.